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Permanent Retainer: What You Need to Know

Permanent retainers also known as fixed retainers are a common orthodontic treatment option for those seeking to maintain their straightened teeth after orthodontic treatment. They are a great solution for those who want to keep their teeth in place, but they can also cause some discomfort and require maintenance. In this article, we will explore the ins and outs of permanent retainers and what you need to know before choosing this treatment option.


What is a Permanent Retainer?

A permanent retainer is a small wire that is placed behind the front teeth and held in place with composite white fillings. Unlike removable retainers, permanent retainers cannot be removed by the patient and must be taken care of by a dental professional. Permanent retainers are usually recommended for those who have completed orthodontic treatment and want to maintain their straightened teeth. Permanent retainers are usually placed on the back of the top and bottom front six teeth (incisors and canine teeth). They do not retain premolar or molar teeth.

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How Does a Fixed Retainer Work?

Fixed retainers work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth, which helps to keep them in place. The wire is designed to be flexible, so it can accommodate normal movements of the teeth without causing discomfort. This pressure helps to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position, with relapse being a common issue after orthodontic treatment.


Advantages of Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers offer a number of benefits for those who are seeking to maintain their straightened teeth. They are:

Convenient: Permanent retainers do not need to be removed and can be easily cleaned, which makes them a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles.

Effective: Permanent retainers are effective at keeping the teeth in place, which helps to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position.

Durable: Permanent retainers are made from high-quality materials that are designed to last for many years, which means that you will not need to replace them often.


Disadvantages of Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers also have some disadvantages, including:

Maintenance: Permanent retainers need to be maintained by a dental professional, which can be time-consuming and expensive.

Comfort: Some patients may experience discomfort from the wire, which can be irritating and cause pain.

Cleaning: As the retainers join the front six teeth together, you will need to use super floss to clean between your front teeth.


What is the procedure for getting fixed retainers?

We will first assess your teeth and your bite to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for fixed retainers during our consultation visit. We will offer you the alternative removable retainer options such as Essix retainers and Vivera retainers too. For the best teeth retention solution, patients often proceed with a combination of fixed and removable retainers.

If you decide to proceed, we will then bring in you in for a session to bond the fixed retainers to your teeth. It takes a few days for your tongue to get used to the new contour of your front teeth once the retainer is bonded.


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How to Care for your Permanent Retainers

To ensure that your retainers last for many years, it is important to take good care of them. Here are some tips to help you keep your retainers in good condition:

Brush and super floss regularly: Regular brushing and super flossing will help to remove plaque and food particles that can build up around the retainer and cause damage.

Avoid hard and crunchy foods: Foods like hard candy, ice, and popcorn can damage your retainers, so it is important to avoid these foods.

Visit the dentist regularly: Regular visits to the dentist will help to keep your retainers in good condition and ensure that they are working effectively.

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Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book a FREE retainers consultation by calling us on 0208 547 9997 or emailing us or book an appointment online (24 hours).



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